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Deportation Memorial

Ile de la Cite, 75004 Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #138 of 755 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Description: Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 French citizens who died in concentration camps during World War II.
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Midlands, UK
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Only takes 30 minutes to visit but my word it is haunting. An amazing design that is quietly moving. So very well done. Take the time out to add it to your day.

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Oakville, Ontario
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113 reviews 113 reviews
52 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is an austere and haunting memorial. It consists of a long, long passage with marble studded walls - a marble for each of the Holocaust victims deported to camps from France. It is one of several monuments in Paris acknowledging the atrocities of the Holocaust and the role France played in it, from civil servants rounding of innocent people... More

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Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
75 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Really close to the back of Notre Dame, it's not well marked. Worth visiting as like all effective memorials, it makes its point in a clear, subtle way.

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

For all that visit Notre Dave, this hidden memorial is only a 2 minute walk away that is frequently overlooked. Sitting at the point of the island on the up-stream side of Notre Dame is a small park and memorial to the many people who were deported from France during World War II, most of whom never returned. The park... More

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Otford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

On an extremely busy Saturday, midday with lots of tourists around the memorial was closed and padlocked. The grass and gardens in front also appeared to be overgrown. Not sure why as website is still up and running. At least we came across the love padlock bridge next to it which we would have missed otherwise.

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Brea, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

For whatever reason, this small park and memorial has closed and the grounds are under disrepair. There is graffiti on the entrance gate and the lawn is also not kept up. The small museum itself is locked with a small sign indicating it is closed and with no explanation. We wondered if this isn't a result of the new anti-semitism... More

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Bremen, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation - The Memorial of the Deportation The general rush of tourists bypasses this must-see site. Amidst all the famed romanticism of Paris, take 30 mins to visit this memorial. The memorial is designed to draw you into the experience of the victims. As you descend the steps, the city around you disappears. Surrounded by... More

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652 reviews 652 reviews
266 attraction reviews
2,033 helpful votes 2,033 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Well sited, perfectly designed, effective, evocative and vital to ensure that we and future generations are aware of and will resist and act against political and social movements which could give rise to or tolerate this horrific behaviour and consequences. There is no entry charge. The gentle flow of visitors makes it possible to spend time in comparative peace to... More

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

A quiet, serene area mostly unmarked reserved to the memorial of those who died in the war. As great a man as Captain Steve Rogers is he couldn't save everybody and this monument offers a moment to remember those brave and women for whom the Captain came too late. It's also free.

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Big Rapids, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I have visited several Holocaust museums and memorials, including Dachau and Babiyar. This was the least moving memorial I have ever been to. Starting with a thoroughly unpleasant "guard", who triumphantly and nastily "regulates" the flow into the place (is this part of it?), the subtle memorials inside can be seen in about 5 minutes, since you cannot leave the... More

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